If this is the first fibromyalgia signs article you have read of mine, welcome, I am so happy you are here! All of my articles about fibro are written like blogs, because I have it, but there are sources because I like to show that what I am saying is correct. I am also a nurse and self-taught fibromyalgia expert, having a disease that so many people know so little about may I want to spread knowledge, hope, and hopefully a little help.
Having my own fibro group, fibro FB page, and of course being part of the Positive Med family, this is the thing I am asked about most often. I also see it asked in other groups. I want to remind you of two important things here and now– 1) there is a lot of bad information out there, be cautious and 2) when in doubt, check it out.
You can always ask your healthcare professional if something is fibro related, be aware, they may not know. I started educating about fibro because of the lack of good information easily available, and I educate many of my own doctors. The information I give you is readily available, I just went through the trouble to find it and present it, so you don’t have to. Never put off seeing a doctor for something serious thinking it’s just your fibro, maybe it is, it does cause problems everywhere, but it MIGHT be something else.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is primarily a musculoskeletal disorder that can affect any part of your body where there are nerves and muscles, so, everywhere. We all know about the chronic pain and widespread debilitating fatigue, we also know that we get sick more than other people, although it is not classified as an autoimmune disease, there is a link, some people with AI also get fibro, some with fibro also acquire an AI.
Some doctors believe that if you had a sudden onset of fibro post-trauma, like me, it weakens the AI link. Since I also have an AI, I am waiting for more research, as we all are, because there is no cure, just symptom management. I cannot say this enough times, be wary of anyone who tells you they were cured of their fibro or promises to cure you. If there is ever a cure I personally will shout it to the rooftops to all of you, right now there is not, and I do a lot of research, this is my job now, and I do not take it lightly.